Saturday, February 18, 2017

Three Quick Swim Stroke Fixes

1. Body Position


Legs and bottom too low in the water creating frontal drag


Kick with your arms by your side with your body horizontal at the surface of the water then add your arms half way down the pool.



You should feel the breeze on your butt is it's in the right position.

2. Catch


Elbow is too low in the first phase of your pull (called the catch) resulting in less power through the front of the stroke.


Practice the sculling drill which puts your elbow in the right position (high and pointing up). Try and replicate that arm position in the first part of your pull through.


3. Rotation


It's easier to get in the correct catch position if you're rotating your body at the hips with each stroke instead of swimming flat on your belly.


Try the Switch drill to get used to rolling from side to side. Gradually reduce the number of kicks you do on each side until you're swimming normally with a nice rotation.



Visualize reaching over a barrel with each stroke. This will help you to keep your elbows high and turning your shoulders to maximize your reach.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Triathlete's Guide to Anti-Trump Consuming

Triathletes buy a lot of stuff. Some triathletes don't like Trump. I'm not sure exactly of the statistics on that one but triathlons lend themselves to doing plenty of travel and an appreciation of different countries and cultures. Triathletes also enjoy a protected natural environment and clean air.

Here's a guide on products and brands you might want to support or avoid if you're not on the Trump train.


Under Armour

CEO is a real Trump fan! He has described Trump as "an asset to the country" and has even implied support for the wall. Under Armour makes shoes, running apparel and sports bras and have in the past made triathlon shorts. They are a major sponsor of Australian Ironman champ Chris McCormick.


A popular fitness tracking app (you might know it as MapMyRun or MapMy Ride) was acquired by Under Armour in 2013. You might want to delete your account and app and use the (also much better IMHO) Strava instead.

New Balance

You might train in New Balance shoes and wear their running shorts and socks. This one is a bit more of a grey area. New Balance started the controversy in November 2016 when they supported Trump's proposal to tear up the Trans Pacific Partnership (as they have U.S. based factories). It was taken by some as an endorsement of Trump and wasn't helped when a white supremacist website site voiced their support.


Often travelling to destination events far from home, travel is always a big expense for triathletes. Obviously you won't be staying in a Trump hotel but you also want to avoid his new cheaper option, Scion Hotels.

Amazon, Zappos

If you shop online for a pair of shoes or a GPS watch, you might want to avoid these two that still sell Ivanka and Trump products. 


Nordstrom Rack

You've probably heard of Trump and Kellyanne Conway calling out Nordstrom for dumping Ivanka Trump's clothing line. But wait, what has Nordstrom got to do with triathletes? I can attest personally to have bought quality brand name running shoes from there for a steal! I've also seen running shirts and shorts.

Athleta, Patagonia, REI, Arc'teryx

The #grabyourwallet campaign started this consumer resistance campaign and has been responsible for many companies pulling Trump related products off their shelves. 100% Trump free retailers, that carry brands and equipment popular with triathletes, are on that list. Patagonia and Arc'teryx have also been pushing back hard on Trump's anti-environment policies and both have some great trail running gear.

Update 2/10 - Skinfit CEO want you to know they are Trump safe to buy via this tweet .

Would love to hear from readers if you know of any tri related brands that have made a stand for or against Trump and I will update this blog.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Race Ratings - Woodside 50K 2017 - Woodside, CA

Seasoned ultra-runner Adam Blum reviews the Woodside 50K. An early season hit out for him. He placed 3rd of the 50+ age group despite a wrong turn. Results.
Photo Credit: Chasqui Runner
Woodside 50K - Woodside, CA. January 1, 2017 (reviewer: Adam Blum)

Overall - ★★★★☆
A true Bay area classic and one which I have run various distances on over the past 13 years.

Registration - ★★★★★
$80. Keeps it under my rule of thumb of no more than $3 per mile.  It's also on UltraSignup.  Doesn’t get much easier.

Swag - ★★★★☆
Nice ceramic coaster for finishing the ultra. Really nice tech T-shirt.  Upgrade over old PCTR shirt.

Course - ★★★★☆
Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are amazingly beautiful and lush.The course is however quite a bit short. Friends finished in under 29 miles.  I did over 50K for at least a couple extra miles. Although I have done this race several times I still missed the last turn to the finish as the turn ribbon was obscured by a car. The guy in front of me (I was chasing down the #2 50+ guy) said at the end that he almost missed the turn but his spectating girlfriend directed him the right way.

Post-Race Feed - ★★★★★
Sliders and soup bar.  Beer. Doesn’t really get much better. Way to go RD. Maybe some craft brews next time? But that’s really quibbling.

Prizes / Results - ★★★★☆
Bottle opener for placing third in age group. Nice. Results were online after a day.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Bollé The One Premium Helmet

Guess what? Bollé, renowed sunglasses manufacturer, turns out helmets too. Makes sense. In the case of many time trial helmets now sunglasses are integrated completely.

The first noticeable thing is the lack of vents. Until you realize the two panels easily detach and it becomes a fully ventilated helmet. That's not the only interesting knick-knack. There's an inner winter shell, and detachable safety light and a mountain bike visor.

Other than that it didn't seem more or less comfortable or aerodynamic than others I've tried but thanks to the add-on it's a winner for versatility. MSRP $169.99.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TriLog Triathlon Training Diary 2017 Now Available

For years my athletes have received their training plans and tracked their workouts using the TriLog. It provides an easy-to-use weekly overview of your training allowing you to input swim, bike, run distances and times. Sharing it with your coach, you can give further detail on your training, physical and mental health so they can better understand your fitness.

See this video to explore all the features.

To be sent a free download subscribe below and you'll be sent a link in the confirmation email to TriLog which you can then copy and personalize as your own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NEW Bollé Aeromax Sunglasses Review - Then And Now

90s me in my beloved Tutti Frutti Bollés
Bollé sunglasses have been a part of triathlon scene forever. My first pair of cycling sunglasses were the Bollé Tutti Frutti. Everyone's idol at the time, 1994 World Ironman Champ, Greg Welch sported them. They had detachable temples, one of which wrapped around the ear completely.

Putting nostalgia aside and fast forward twenty years, and Bollé release their latest model, the simply named Aeromax.

Whether it's in fashion at the time or not I want a lens that covers the eye, protecting from sun and debris. The Aeromax delivers on that with great surface area.

Bollé Aeromax Matte Black
I also like the adjustable nose piece. By making it wider or narrower you're able to customize how close the lenses are to your face which is always a very personal preference.

The temple adjustment seems a little more gimmicky. Didn't find it gave me anymore grip or advantage compared to regular good-fitting sunglass arms.

Love the lens tint. My first trial was in very overcast conditions and they didn't block the light out enough for it to be a problem. I don't want to go switching lenses for different conditions and they have got the tint on these just right.

Check the product page for a full run down on the key technology features and colors available. The Aeromax retails at $145.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Runfie Stick

The Runfie Stick solves a complex problem for the modern runner. How do I draw as much attention to myself and the event I'm doing without having to wait until the finish line or rely on friends or family? Enter Martin Spierings, long time runner, coach and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
Runfie Stick
Athletes test early prototypes of the Runfie Stick

"Being Australian, I felt a bond with the 'selfie' phenomenon which originated in Australia" he said.

Spierings saw opportunity in the new breed of runners, an annoying bunch of narcissists who are more about self-promotion than self-improvement and who feel the need to further aggrandize themselves in real time by taking Runfies. After working on a prototype of the stick, which retracts into a small cylinder, he approached FuelBelt.

"FuelBelt was the perfect company at the perfect time to provide a transport solution for the Runfie Stick. They figured eventually runners will realize that it's useless to carry around your own own stupid little bottles when most races will hand you drinks every mile or so. So they were happy to develop an attachment for my device", explained Spierings.

The Runfie Stick is fully connected with all the major social media sites and GPS sharing apps. You can even pre-load hashtags and descriptions, if you had any self-respect left, and wanted to avoid stopping at the side of the road to type your update.

If development goes according to plan you should be able to get a Runfie Stick at a Rock 'n Roll Marathon Expo by early 2017. The only color available will be match your compression socks.